Spoiler Alert: Medina Switch Could Upend Electoral Math

Why would anyone want Debra Medina to run for governor as an independent?

The civics class answer: to slip her past the Republican and Democratic primaries and into a general election where she might become a welcome alternative to the major parties’ candidates.

The politics-is-full-of-tricksters answer: to siphon votes away from one of the major candidates to the benefit of the other.

Medina, a Republican who lost the 2010 primary in the governor’s race and who is raising money for a state comptroller bid, said she has received millions of dollars in pledges on the condition that she instead run ...

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